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DivaDivo: Octavio dos Santos Neto and Elinor Chapman (tenor/soprano), accompanied by Masachi Nishiyama (piano)

Tue Feb 24th 2009, 1:15 pm ◀ This event has finished
Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TJ


Octavio dos Santos Neto & Elinor Chapman

Octavio dos Santos Neto (Tenor)
Born in Recife, Brazil, studied with Brazilian baritone Eduardo Vieira and made his professional debut as Rinuccio in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. He won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London where he was awarded The Gilbert Betjemann Operatic Prize and The Wolfson Singing Award. Octavio performs in venues across Europe and South America and has graced such prestigious venues as The Barbican, Sadler’s Wells, St Martin in the Fields, Canterbury cathedral, Palacio Fronteira, and Teatro Santa Isabel. His singing range spans from Don José in Bizet's Carmen to the Lied repertoire. The Sunday Telegraph described his voice as "outstanding, with genuine lyrical expansiveness".

Elinor Chapman (Soprano)
Born in Durham, England, Elinor graduated with an honours degree in Law, before pursuing a diploma in Performance and Vocal Studies at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Since then she has performed as a soloist at many venues around the UK including St James’s Piccadilly, Southwark Cathedral and Durham Cathedral. Operatic roles performed include Oscar (A Masked Ball) for Opera at Bearwood; Despina (Cosi fan tutte) for Figaro Opera; Adele (Fledermaus) for Alternative Opera; Flora (Turn of the Screw) for Opera Demesne and Papagena (Magic Flute) for West London Opera. Elinor was the guest soloist for the Helston Prom in the Park in August 2008, held in Lismore Gardens, Cornwall and has been invited to perform again in 2010.

Masachi Nishiyama

Masachi Nishiyama (Piano)
Masachi is increasingly gaining recognition for her work as both solo and collaborative pianist. She has given recitals at numerous venues in United Kingdom and abroad. Masachi was born in Tokyo, where she studied with Hidemitsu Hayashi at both the Toho Gakuen High School and College of Music, graduating with B.Mus degree and winning many prizes including at the International Institution of Art and the Hokkaido Music Camp. She came to London in 1999, where she studied the piano with James Lisney and chamber music with Andrew West, Joseph Seiger and Clifford Benson at the Royal Academy of Music, winning the Maud Hornby Prize and she was awarded the Diploma of Postgraduate Perfromance. She pursued further study with Yonty Solomon at The Royal College of Music and she was awarded the Diploma of Advanced Performance and concluded her studies by becoming a finalist in the prestigious Chappell Gold Medal competition. Masachi has worked in private and public masterclasses with renowned musicians such as Jacque Rouvier, Sergio Perticaroli, Andrew Ball. Simon Nicolas, Gordon Fergus-Thomposon, Nelson Goerner, Alexander Bailli(cellist), Paul Barritt(violinist), Darragh Morgan(violinist) and participated in many major music festivals in locations around the world including France, Vienna, Salzburg, Japan and also England. In addition to numerous appearances as "Bach- The Goldberg Variations" Project in England in 2007 -, Bluthner Piano Centre, Hindhead Music Centre, The Red Hedgehog ,Kingston Parish Church, St Anne and Agnes ,etc - and also as chamber music recitals - St. Martin in the Field, Wolfson College, Deptford Town Hall Council Chamber, Woodhouse Copse, Bristol Cathedral, etc. She is currently performing the last solo piano works of Schubert, Haydn and Brahms and Beethoven for Violin and Piano all Sonatas Series at chamber music concerts. Her future engagements include solo and chamber music recitals at Hindhead Music Centre, Jackdaws Music Trust, St John's Art & Recreation Centre, The Red Hedgehog, Wolfson College, Burgh House etc.

Free admission

Venue: Bristol Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral (photo: Adrian Pingstone)

Bristol Cathedral is situated in the middle of the city at the bottom of Park Street. It was founded in 1140, but was built gradually over a period of 700 years. The Cathedral hosts numerous events and concerts throughout the year. Many of these are open to the public, and some are free, including the regular lunchtime concerts on Tuesdays.

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